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Hi, Can someone tell me the best place to buy a chip for my cell phone near the airport? Two years ago I went to the offical cell phone store at the mall in Alajuela and it took over an hour. It was a long wait, and they wanted all kinds of information including my passport number. In Nicaragua, I just went a corner store, paid in cash and was out in minutes. Any information would be much appreciated.
Hello, All! Looking for any helpful tips you may have! In past years I have flown to Costa Rica from my home in Florida, however my fear of flying has worsened and I am now searching for new travel methods. Open to arriving anywhere in Central America then working my way up or down. Planning on at least a month of Central America travel with most time spent in Costa Rica. Mainly hoping for help with:
Are there boats to there?
Cruise ships seem to only go certain times of year for long trips and are pricey.
Has anyone ever driven?
Hard to drive through that many countries?
Thank you for any advice fellow travelers!
We (family of 4, youngest 19 yrs) are traveling to Nicoya Peninsula in May. We are considering places that sound great--rustic enough, but simple and quiet--in both Samara and Carrillo. Samara: El Pequeno Gecko Verde. Carrillo: La Tropicale. Carrillo is less expensive, and maybe a nicer, less touristy small village? But Samara sounds great too.
The younger set would like to have relatively easy beach access, but biking to the beach is okay. We are planning on taking the bus from Liberia so probably won't have a car.
I'm looking for advice on how to contact Corcovado NP from outside Costa Rica.
We wanted to arrange our trip in the park and tried to email/call the below details. However, nobody is responding to emails and both phone numbers seem not to work.
(506) 735-5036 or (506) 735-5580
Does anybody know a working phone number/email to reach the park? Many thanks!!
More info: We are currently in Europe and plan to hike in Corcovado between May 5 adn 9. We would like to make arrangements directly with the park, not through a travel agent.
i will be arriving SJO very early morning and catching a sansa flight same morning. i can't remember how close the nearest soda is to the airport without going into alajuela. i am not keen on airport food and will have about 2 hrs to kill before having to check in at sansa. i love tipico food and of course, costa rican coffee. am looking for a place i can walk to. any suggestions would be appreciated.
thanks in advance. safe travels.
My boyfriend and I went to Corcovado a few months ago. With such little up-to-date information on visiting the park, we had so many questions before going. I meant to write a trip report about the experience to help future visitors, but realized it might be more effective to make myself available for specific questions.
We spent 2 days in the park. We hiked it alone (although, disclosure, we have lots of experience hiking, and he is comfortable on the trail without a guide).
Day/night before: Flew San Jose to Puerto Jimenez in the morning. Picked up our park passes. Bus to La Palma. Taxi to La Tarde (amazing little lodge; definitely recommend).
Day 1: La Tarde dropped us off at a spot where the main collectivo coming from Puerto Jimenez picked us up. Hiked Los Patos to La Sirena. Camped the night in La Sirena.
Day 2: Hiked La Sirena to La Leona t... more »
So my sister and I will be travelling to Bocas, PV, La Fortuna, San Jose, Montezuma and area, and Manuel Antonio. Any advice for those areas? Any fellow travellers going during this time?
Also Ive heard quite a few horror stories of people (mostly tourists and expats) being held up, or worse raped and murdered in Puerto Viejo. I am a smart girl and know what situations to avoid however Ive heard of people being held up in their own hotels!! I dont want these stories to scare me away from the beautiful carribean coast. I realize danger could be anywhere, heck it happens in my own city! I just want to know if these "stories" are an exaggeration or if I really should just go somewhere else....Please help
I am travelling to Costa Rica, more specifically Nosara, at the end of the month for 2 weeks. I am renting a buddies place there and using it as a home base and was wondering what is the best way to get around the area. I was originally planning on renting a car (4X4) and just touring myself around, but have heard the roads and other drives can be a dangerous option (especially if youdont happen to have a car accident). I was hoping to make it down south to Motezuma and Santa Terresa as well as to Tamarindo for a bit. I know there is limited to no public transportation south and that some of the roads may close due to river crossings.
What if any suggestions/ insight do you have for getting around the area (car rental, public transport, hitchhiking etc).
Also while i am at it is there any places that people fell in love with and would highly recommend seeing or s... more »
I am looking for recommendations for a place in Costa Rica for my family (all adults) for Xmas. We need a comfortable and clean place, like a condo, for a base. We plan to have a car and do some day trips, e.g. Arenal. I've been to Costa Rica previously on a much lower budget. Looking now for something moderate, but clean and safe enough so my wife is comfortable. Hopefully near a town that we can walk to as well. I was thinking the Guanacaste area, or maybe further south on the Pacific side, but I am open. Thank you for your comments in advance.
Bruce from Montana
I am a single female over 40 looking to visit Costa Rica in the next few weeks. I have read so much that my head is spinning!! I have traveled alone before but stayed in tourist traps and payed dearly for it with my hard earned $. I'm actually looking to quit my career and relocate. I thought visiting should be my first step toward this lofty goal. So I think I have decided to start with Costa Rica. I like relaxing on a beach. And a good cocktail. Food is high on my list. But I have never been hiking and would love to try this and I'm a real animal lover so would love to appreciate the wild life. Never zip lined. Sounds fun. I just want to have a wonderful experience. I can stay as long as 4 weeks but aiming for 2 only. I don't like pressure so I thought tours would be to much and more like a job. I want to relax but not completely veg out and miss the beauty. I need help with a 14 da... more »
how much, approx., does a taxi cost from the SJO aiport to the Nature Air Tobias airport? i'm just trying to decide whether the savings in flying with Nature Air as opposed to Sansa is really cost effective. if the taxi cancels out the price difference then i'll just fly with Sansa. i will already be at SJO from my arrival in the early morning.
i've flown Sansa before and embarking on my 7th trip to CR (so i get it...) just hoping for an answer to this one question.
thanks in advance. safe travels.
Hola, Given it was -5F this morning and still 2 feet of snow in the backyard, with light til 10pm, I am having a hard time deciding on footwear. We are traveling from Alaska for our first "real" out of country travel at the end of May-beginning of June. I have read your forum for a couple years and really appreciate all the info, which has been great. We want to keep our luggage weight/bulk as low as possible, hence the problem. We have seen pros/cons to wearing H2O sandals/hiking boots/mud boots for hiking. I think we will be on civilized trails but am not really sure what that is like. We will be overnite river rafting on the Pacure (with exploradoras), exploring La Fortuna and hiking, and (yes) Monteverde and hiking the different areas. Then the beach at Samara, and Spanish. We don't like the idea of squishing thru the mud in sandals, but would the areas be very muddy? Thinking lon... more »
Its my husband's birthday and he has never traveled out of the US. One of the places on his Bucket List is Costa Rica. We only have 4 nights/ 5 days to travel because of work and kids. He specifically mentioned going hiking in the Rain Forest.
I would love to take him to CR, but after doing some research I am not sure if its too much for us. I am very afraid of snakes, spiders, scorpions..pretty much anything that can sneek up on me. But I really want to do this for him...its his birthday. Any suggestions on how to survive wtihout making the trip horrible for him? Any suggestions on where to do or to avoid CR for now and take hims somplace else.
This a touch on the trivial side, but if anyone can let me know the name of the snack I dearly love from Costa Rica, I would be very grateful!
I was living near Tortuguero in 2009 and in the local village I used to buy packages of nuts that were in a red foil package (I think). The nuts were covered in a sweet shell of some kind of sugar.
I've googled to see if I can find out what they are but unfortunately my description is a bit vague. Just wondering if anybody knows what I'm talking about! I'd love to get my hands on some. I haven't found any like them in any other countries.
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